The Cuban Legation to the Department of State.


The Cuban legation has the honor to acknowledge receipt of the memorandum of the Department of State, dated January 17, 1905, in which the Department declares that it is willing as an act of grace to pay to Luciano Arestuche a moderate sum, say $500, in addition to what he has already received for injuries at the hands of some American soldiers during the American military government in Cuba.

The Cuban legation, in accepting the offer of the Department, would ask for similar treatment for Felipe Maza é Ibarra, of whom verbal mention was made to the honorable Secretary of State.

The facts of the case are on file in the Bureau of Insular Affairs of the War Department and show that on the 28th of September, 1901, while discharging his duties as policeman in Matanzas and trying to arrest an American soldier for disorderly conduct, he was disarmed, attacked, and suffered serious wounds in the head, causing the loss of parts of the frontal bone and a deformity which forces him to the use of a plate to protect his forehead. He was one hundred and twenty-six days in the hospital, and is still suffering.

Notwithstanding that a sum of money was said to have been collected to help him among the officers and men of the regiment to which the soldier belonged, not a cent was received by Maza é Ibarra and he addressed himself to the War Department on June 12, 1902, asking for an investigation as to the money collected; but it seems no money was ever collected.

The Cuban legation relies on the same spirit of humanity in the Department to help this case.